Thayil to Kick Off Kovalam Litfest on Oct 3

New Delhi
Thayil to Kick Off Kovalam Litfest on Oct 3

Booker Prize shortlisted author Jeet Thayil is set to read from his first Narcopolis at the upcoming Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF), a fortnight ahead of the announcement of this year's Man Booker Prize in London.

The Kerala-born author is in the 2012 race for the coveted 50,000-pound British literary honour, having been shortlisted alongside heavyweights such as Hilary Mantel and Will Self.

The fifth edition of the KLF is slated to be held in two days in Kerala in October after a day's stopover in Delhi on October 3.

The Thiruvanathapuram part of the festival will be conducted at the Kanakakunnu Palace on October 6 and 7, according to writer Binoo K. John, founder-director of KLF.

Two dozen renowned writers of all ages from India and abroad will address a total of 21 sessions featuring conversations, discussions and presentations on a variety of literary and social subjects, besides reading from books, he says.

Out of the seven authors participating in the Delhi leg of the festival Thayil, 53, will read excerpts from the 2011 work that profiles a murky story based on own experiences that feature the drug dens of Mumbai.

"In fact, the festival will start off with Thayil's presentation," says John.

KLF 2012, being co-sponsored by Muthoot Pappachan Group and Taj Vivanta, will conclude with an evening of music featuring concerts by two bands in the Kerala capital.

The event is being supported by Kerala Tourism, IIC, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Pan Macmillan India, Central Bank and Roli Books. 

The speakers in Delhi include Monisha Rajesh, Nilanjana

Roy, Manu Joseph and Farrukh Dhondy, besides Sri Lankan author Ru Freeman, London-based Roderick Mathews and Israeli writers Dorit Rabinyan and Sarai Shavit.

The Kerala leg, which will begin with a lecture by frontline human rights activist Binayak Sen, will figure top writers like Timeri N Murari, Sonia Faleiro, N S Madhavan, C P Surendran, Biman Nath, Naresh Fernandes and Aroon Raman, besides leading photographer Amit Pasricha.

All authors at the Delhi round will participate in Thiruvananthapuram as well.

The anchors and panelists at the festival include columnist Parsa Venkateshwar Rao, poet-editor Sudeep Sen, political commentator Swapan Dasgupta, medical expert Illena Sen, lawyer Vrinda Grover and foreign affairs expert Shastri Ramachandran besides journalists Amit Baruah and Suresh Menon.

The evening of music on October 7 at Nishagandhi auditorium is scheduled to begin with an hour's show by Israeli musician Tal Kravitz, followed by a two-hour concert by Delhi-based rock band Indian Ocean.

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